When my children were babies/toddlers, we used sign language as
a means to communicate their desires since this period, prior to
speech and language development, can be frustrating to parents
and children alike. Furthermore, when we were at restaurants, I
remember getting compliments from other diners and wait staff since
my children did not need to resort to screaming, crying, and grabbing
for their needs. Fortunately, I have a background in American Sign
Language, so I was able to easily incorporate ASL into our daily
lives. My interest in the My Baby Can Talk program was
sparked by my hopes of finding a sign language program to recommend
to families that would be easy for parents as well as interesting
to their children.
The 3 DVDs and accompanying board books are (1) First Signs, (2) Sharing
Signs, and (3) Exploring Signs. Each DVD includes
a Parent Tutorial and a Quick Reference Signing Card with illustrations
of the signs presented. The board books allow for further enjoyment
and review for you and your child. They would also come in handy
when a DVD player isn't available.
The DVDs cover different signs that are developmentally appropriate
for babies age 10 to 36 months.
- First Signs invites babies and parents to
come on an engaging and interactive journey to discover the
first 20 signs and words that are most loved by babies--including
eat, drink, milk, more, book, go, and the names of favorite animals!
- Sharing Signs introduces 28 words and signs
that babies and parents love to share--including apple, bath,
ball, daddy, diaper, elephant, flower, help, mommy, please, share,
sleep and thank you! There are also additional signs for parents
to introduce--including grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, brother
- Exploring Signs introduces babies to
24 words and signs to encourage them to explore and begin to
communicate about the world around them. This playful exploration
presents words and signs for colors, foods, nature, and play.
Clearly, the Baby Hands team has done their research on the benefits
of teaching babies sign language: larger vocabulary, speaking sooner,
and increased IQ scores. Not surprisingly, the My Baby Can
Talk series has secured more than 16 parent awards. The programs'
use of classical music, real world images, puppet shows, toys in
action, and other babies lends assurance that your child will be
engaged and entertained while learning sign language. Always remember--"Little
hands have big things to say."